Adolescence typically defined as beginning about age 10-11 is characterized by the attainment of adult height and body proportions, the development of secondary sexual characteristics (puberty), menstruation for girls, and cognitive and emotional maturation.
The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine housed in the Department of Pediatrics in collaboration with psychologists/psychiatrists from the Department of Psychiatry provides primary medical and psychological care services to adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13-24 years.
We are specifically trained to address the needs of this population and provide developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, comprehensive care. Bilingual physicians and psychologists are available.
Adolescents should visit a health care provider at least once a year to ensure that growth is proceeding normally, to address issues related to puberty, to respond to questions from adolescents and their parents/legal guardians, and to provide anticipatory guidance on key health issues affecting this developmental phase . There are also several immunizations recommended during adolescence including the meningococcal vaccine (Menactra), the vaccine to protect against cervical cancer (Gardasil or Cervarix), Tetanus/diptheria/pertussis, and Varicella (chickenpox).
The Division offers several clinics/programs for this age group which include:
- The Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Clinic (AYAC) – This clinic, staffed by physicians and psychologists provides comprehensive care to youth ages 13-24 and meets on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00pm-5:00pm on the third floor of the Fantus Clinic building located at 1901 W. Harrison St. Appointments can be made by calling (312) 864-0200.
- The Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic at CORE – This clinic, staffed by physicians, psychologists, case managers, nurses and peer buddies provides comprehensive care needs for youth who are HIV positive and meets Monday from 1:00PM to 5:30PM at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, 2020 W. Harrison St. Appointments can be made by calling (312) 572-4500 or (312) 572-4742.
- The AYAC SGL Clinic (same gender loving) – This clinic specifically addresses the medical and psychosocial needs of youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender, or are questioning their sexual identity. This clinic meets on Tuesdays from 1:00-5:00pm also on the third floor of the Fantus Clinic building. Appointments can be made by calling (312) 864-0200.
- The LEEP (Living, Eating, Exercising, and Problem-Solving) program is a weekly activity for adolescents and young adults who are overweight or obese and desire a supportive atmosphere among peers and family members to work on weight loss. This program meets on Thursday’s from 6:00PM – 8:00PM on the first floor of the Administration Building at 1900 W. Polk St. To enroll please call B. Robinson at (312) 864-3582. A physical exam may be required prior to participation.
- Project SMILE – this program provides linkage to a medical care home for adolescents/young adults who are either recently diagnosed with HIV, or those who know they are HIV positive and need assistance getting back into medical care. The coordinator for this program, A. McFadden, can be reached at (312) 864-4836.
*If you are having trouble making an appointment for any of the adolescent/young adult clinics or need an immediate appointment, please contact Brenda Robinson at (312) 864-3582.
In addition to the clinics/programs listed above, the Division provides counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and training opportunities for young people to become peer educators through our Chicago HIV Risk Reduction Partnership for Youth (CHRPPY). Staff is available to speak at schools, community-based organizations, or other forums about adolescent health care issues. Speaking requests should be directed to B. Robinson at (312) 864-3582.
The Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine is a site of the Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) for HIV/AIDS Interventions. The primary mission of the ATN is to conduct research, both independently and in collaboration with existing research networks. Learn more about our purpose.